Tag Archive: Forward

Xiaomi Mi 6 hands-on: Two steps forward, one step back

Xiaomi once again sets the bar for value, but the decision to remove the 3.5mm jack could backfire.

Over the course of the last year, we’ve seen phones in the mid-range segment close the gap on flagships from Samsung, LG, and HTC. The likes of OnePlus 3T, Honor 8, and Xiaomi’s Mi 5 showed that you don’t necessarily have to spend big to get access to high-end internals and dual camera tech.

Xiaomi has built its entire  [Read More…]

Google pushes RCS forward by rebranding Messenger to Android Messages

Google wants its messaging app to be the default texting platform in the age of RCS.

Google Messenger has picked up an update that renames the app to Android Messages. The core functionality is still the same, and barring the name change, the update doesn’t bring any new features to the messaging app. However, the app will now be installed on default on handsets from over 20 phone makers as Google pushes ahead with RCS.

The  [Read More…]

Why you should look forward to Apple ‘inventing’ wireless charging

Apple is reportedly adding Qi wireless charging to its next iPhone. You may not care, but your next phone may benefit.

You’ll be hearing a lot about wireless charging in the next few weeks, and that’s because Apple just joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a group of like-minded companies with the goal of furthering a single standard for charging devices sans wires.

But Apple has taken its time making overtures towards wireless charging, choosing to forgo the  [Read More…]

Fashion forward Fitbit Alta available at the best price we’ve seen

Fitness trackers can be expensive, but right now you can save big on the Fitbit Alta, dropping it to the lowest price we’ve seen. Amazon is currently offering the fashion forward fitness tracker in a variety of colors and sizes for just $ 85, which is a savings of $ 45. The Alta can track how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned, and much more with its waterproof design.

When comparing to other trackers,  [Read More…]

Oppo R9s review: An important step forward

Oppo makes some small but important steps forward with its latest handset bound for Asia.

Without making much of a splash in the west, Oppo has found itself towards the top of the list of smartphone manufacturers. While the top two, Samsung and Apple, are still a ways out, Oppo is now a constant presence around the number four spot, and that’s no small achievement.

Like many other phone makers from China, we’ve seen significant improvements  [Read More…]

Google Play Music’s latest update is two steps forward, one step back

Last week, Google Play Music took its first step towards a long, long overdue overhaul.

The recent Google Play Music update changes only one element of the UI: the home page. Before the update, it was a mix of Recents and Recommendations. Now, Listen Now is entirely recommendations, with only a Recents button in the top right corner to remind you that Play Music is anything but AI-made radio stations… until you switch to Downloaded. Then,  [Read More…]

Go Time! Episode 14: Future forward

Episode 14 of Go Time! is here!

Russell and Erin are joined by Jen for the next installment of Go Time. It’s time to talk about the differences in Pokémon in different areas, traveling while playing Pokemon Go and hugging a giant Snorlax. We also talk about the new update and all the small changes to the UI that came with it.

After three and a half months, we’re just getting started! Join us again  [Read More…]

What we’re looking forward to in 2016

Have you checked the calendar lately? 2016 is already here! We saw a lot of great Android-powered devices in 2015, but we have a feeling that things will only get better this year. While we don’t know exactly what 2016 has in store for us, we thought we’d all share what we’re looking forward to the most.

As always, we’d love to hear from you as well. What are you hoping to see on the Android front in 2016?

Nick  [Read More…]

From innovator to retail release: Samsung’s Gear VR headset is a big step forward

Did Samsung follow through with their promise to deliver a better, more streamlined VR headset? Yes, and it did it well.

When it comes to virtual reality, products have been bursting onto the scene and making a serious splash all year long. Whether it’s been Google Cardboard or the not yet released HTC Vive there has been plenty of talk. With good reason too, as VR has given us some excellent new ways to view our  [Read More…]

Nexus 5X and 6P: Moving forward with a couple steps back

What would a phone launch be without an AndroidGuys impression? Even more so, a duo Nexus phone launch. Everyone now knows the full scoop (and the barrage of leaks can thankfully stop). As the dust settles, I’d like to know to how Nexus fans received the news. I know one thing:  everything wasn’t perfect in Nexus-land, and it still isn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, we did get some stellar devices. And the Nexus 5 sequel happened, which means that Google  [Read More…]